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"They've said some crazy things about me over the years. I mean,
okay: 'He bit the head off a bat.' Yes. 'He bit the head off a dove.'
Yes. But then you hear things like, 'Ozzy went to the show last night,
but he wouldn't perform until he'd killed fifteen puppies . . .' Now
me, kill fifteen puppies? I love puppies. I've got eighteen of
the f**king things at home. I've killed a few cows in my time, mind you.
And the chickens. I shot the chickens in my house that night.

It haunts me, all this crazy stuff. Every day of my life has
been an event. I took lethal combinations of booze and drugs for thirty
f**king years. I survived a direct hit by a plane, suicidal overdoses,
STDs. I've been accused of attempted murder. Then I almost died while
riding over a bump on a quad bike at f**king two miles per hour.

People ask me how come I'm still alive, and I don't know what to
say. When I was growing up, if you'd have put me up against a wall with
the other kids from my street and asked me which one of us was gonna
make it to the age of sixty, which one of us would end up with five kids
and four grandkids and houses in Buckinghamshire and Beverly Hills, I
wouldn't have put money on me, no f**king way. But here I am: ready to
tell my story, in my own words, for the first time.
A lot of it
ain't gonna be pretty. I've done some bad things in my time. I've always
been drawn to the dark side, me. But I ain't the devil. I'm just
John Osbourne: a working-class kid from Aston, who quit his job in the
factory and went looking for a good time."

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May 12, 2010

Opening Line: "My father always said I would do something big one day."

I grew up in the 80s so the Ozzy that I knew wasnt the comical, stuttering MTV family man of today but the Prince of darkness. Black Sabbaths scary, out of control singer who bit the head off of bats and doves and worshiped the devil. (Or so the rumours said) My brother used to play his records (yes Im that old) during his rocker/bad boy phase (hes now with the RCMP) and I remember being forced to listen to Ozzy Osbourne Opening Line: "My father always said I would do something big one day."

I grew up in the 80’s so the Ozzy that I knew wasn’t the comical, stuttering MTV family man of today but the Prince of darkness. Black Sabbath’s scary, out of control singer who bit the head off of bats and doves and worshiped the devil. (Or so the rumours said) My brother used to play his records (yes I’m that old) during his rocker/bad boy phase (he’s now with the RCMP) and I remember being forced to listen to Ozzy Osbourne Crazy Train and Bark At The Moon 24 hours a day. Ozzy’s exploits with drugs, women and Satan were legendary. In those days he was the ultimate in heavy metal music, if you wanted to be cool there just wasn’t anybody badder or scarier.

So you can imagine how strange it was for me to see him years later bumbling around with his family on MTV. Who the hell was this guy? Although he did provide an excellent example of the 80’s campaign “this is what happens to your brain on drugs” (anyone remember that ad with the fried egg?) It was hard for me to comprehend that this was the same man, Ozzy was the devil not a man who lived in the English countryside with a wife and kids. I was intrigued enough that I had to read his biography, to figure out which Ozzy was the real Ozzy. The truth is though, they both are.

Honestly this is one of the better rock biographies out there and I give credit to co-author Chris Ayers who’s managed to piece together all of Ozzy’s insane stories yet still allowed his true voice to ring through. I did wonder how on earth Ozzy could possibly write a book much less remember anything after 40 years of drug and alcohol abuse but it turns out the godfather of heavy metal remembers quite a lot. We start at the beginning in England with “John” growing up in a poor factory town without enough to eat or an indoor toilet. Crazy from the get-go John always wanted more and his rise to fame is an amazing journey.

Ozzy admits early on to struggling with dyslexia and I can only assume that he dictated this, leaving Chris Ayers with his work cut out for him. He’s done a fantastic job though because this flows really well and every page is funny, fascinating, shocking, at times unbelievable and brutally honest. All the dirt is here too so if you’re a fan of the music then theres a plethora of information about album covers, lyrics, band politics and the truth behind the music. We also get to see a lot of other rock royalty joining in the debauchery. In the end I wondered (as Ozzy does) how he’s managed to stay alive through it all. All aboard ….

Some of the many highlights for me were;
32 pages of color photographs
His jobs in a meat processing factory and testing car horns (pardon?)
His rise to fame and first experiences in America, the land of plenty (of cocaine)
His sexual exploits with groupies including an aids scare
Details of his first marriage and trying to keep it together for the kids while seeing Sharon
Almost killing a vicar with hash cake
The real story behind the bat
The death of his guitarist in an airplane that crashed into his tour bus
Waking up in the middle of a freeway
Thinking Betty Ford could teach him to drink like a gentleman or James Bond
His remorse over the moments he missed in his children’s lives because he was always pissed
Buying a horse because he couldn’t pass his drivers test and riding it to the pub
The realization that guns and booze don’t mix
His numerous arrests including the infamous pissing on the Alamo
The chaos that ensued after the success of the Osborne’s
Meeting the president and the Queen
The horror when he wakes up in jail not knowing why he is there and is told he tried to kill Sharon.
How Sharon stuck by him through years of outrageous intoxicated behaviour.
Why he stutters and shakes
Where he is now ...more
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Sep 24, 2018

There are many things to like about this book. However, if you dont like Ozzy, you wont find them, at all. This book reads as though you were listening to him in person. His British accent permeates the pages that are full of pisses, fucks and bollocks, a testament to Chris Ayreshelping-hand author of this bookability to edit himself out of the writing. In many respects this is a very honest book, that more than once leaves you wondering how is Ozzy still alive (old school rockers do seem to be There are many things to like about this book. However, if you don’t like Ozzy, you won’t find them, at all. This book reads as though you were listening to him in person. His British accent permeates the pages that are full of pisses, fucks and bollocks, a testament to Chris Ayres—helping-hand author of this book—ability to edit himself out of the writing. In many respects this is a very honest book, that more than once leaves you wondering how is Ozzy still alive (old school rockers do seem to be made of stern stuff, ‘cause the amounts of drugs and alcohol filling this book are more serious than a bad car crash).

The good thing is that if you do find Ozzy’s ways funny or at least tolerable, you’ll have a good time reading this bio that it’s exactly what I was expecting when I got it: a wild ride through the even wilder side of The Prince of Darkness a.k.a THE bad boy of Heavy Metal (and if not THE at least The Original one).

The slaughterhouse labor, the prison term, the dyslexia, the guns, the blackouts, the Randy Rhoads airplane crash, the eating pigeons’ heads, the tremor, the mumbling, the bike accident, the many brushes with death —they're all here. But the best part —at least for me— is that accompanying all those scary, funny and extreme anecdotes about Ozzy’s life there is also a plethora of writing about recording, touring, and creating. In other words, about Ozzy’s music.

Ozzy credits his initiation to the world of music to a single moment when a light went on in his head while hearing the record With the Beatles. “It just sucked me in. Lennon and McCartney’s harmonies were like magic.” Beyond that and throughout the book, Ozzy does talk about his music seriously, treating with respect. He regards the survival of Black Sabbath as celestially ordained, and while there is much bile directed at miscreant band members and managers, not least Don Arden, there’s also respect for them. Interestingly, Ozzy acknowledges that he was not entirely blameless in these squabbles, pinpointing the moment when his relationship with Arden began to go wrong. "It wasn't long after I almost pissed in my new father-in-law's face that he stopped calling me Ozzy." Arden is dead now, but Ozzy, once John Osbourne from Aston, has somehow pulled through. "My heart's in great shape, and my liver's like brand new,” he says, showing to us that karmic justice is a concept that still evades him.

I give it a 3.5 stars. I felt tempted to give it four but I prefer you to be pleasantly surprised that bitterly disappointed . ...more
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Jan 17, 2018

I think they had this idea in their heads that when I wasnt being arrested for public intoxication, I went to a cave and hung upside down, drinking snakes blood. But Im like Coco the Clown, me: at the end of the day, I come home, take off my greasepaint and my big red nose, and become Dad.

I'll admit to not being an Ozzy fan. I can normally be found listening to indie pop. I don't dislike him, but his music just does nothing for me. It doesn't make me swoon.

But my offline BFF begged me to read I think they had this idea in their heads that when I wasn’t being arrested for public intoxication, I went to a cave and hung upside down, drinking snakes’ blood. But I’m like Coco the Clown, me: at the end of the day, I come home, take off my greasepaint and my big red nose, and become Dad.

I'll admit to not being an Ozzy fan. I can normally be found listening to indie pop. I don't dislike him, but his music just does nothing for me. It doesn't make me swoon.

But my offline BFF begged me to read this, and I couldn't say no. Plus she has enough embarrassing middle school memories of me to blackmail me into reading this if I said no.

pictured:seventh grade Ellen Gail and her bff, talking to boys and eating poptarts


And it was actually pretty good. He admits freely to any number of illegal and horrid things, and occasionally expresses regret. The writing is jumbled and hazy, much like Ozzy's memory. But it has a charming realistic quality. Ozzy really doesn't give a fuck about making himself look better or whitewashing the past. It is what it is and fuck if you don't like it.

So, not what I'd normally go for, but it's always a joy to have someone shove a book at you and say, "READ THIS!" ...more
5

Sep 01, 2012

How this man is still alive is beyond me. There are people who [to quote the Hulkster] say their prayers and eat their vitamins, yet they choke on a peanut or cross the street on a red light and it's curtains for them. Curtains, I say! But this guy did just about every drug there is and now enjoys a decently healthy life while being a grandfather.
I love rock music, but I can't say that I'm this hardcore fan of Black Sabbath or Ozzy - I do love some of his songs (the well known tunes, to be How this man is still alive is beyond me. There are people who [to quote the Hulkster] say their prayers and eat their vitamins, yet they choke on a peanut or cross the street on a red light and it's curtains for them. Curtains, I say! But this guy did just about every drug there is and now enjoys a decently healthy life while being a grandfather.
I love rock music, but I can't say that I'm this hardcore fan of Black Sabbath or Ozzy - I do love some of his songs (the well known tunes, to be honest) - but if it weren't for them, chances are I wouldn't be enjoying Metallica, Guns N' Roses and Van Halen. Still, I picked up this book mostly because I know that Ozzy is a character and he lived an insane life. More importantly: he lived to tell the tale.
The book really lets you get to know the guy - for example it was interesting to find out that the man known as The Prince of Darkness makes fun of occultism, satanism and all of that "bollocks". Generally, even though Ozzy lacks education in a traditional sense of the word, he is extremely bright and down-to-earth. You can't spot any trace of an ego while flipping through the pages, which is very impressive, considering he has every right to grow a big head, having reached the levels of success and wealth he has with no diplomas or shortcuts to pave the way.
But to tell you the truth, the main reason I loved this book is the fact that Ozzy is a complete rebel. A madman. Which one of us wouldn't love to "stick it to the man", to defy the establishment, to stop playing ball and throw the rulebook out the window? I [for one] would. He did just that - he knew for a fact he didn't want to wear a suit or work at a factory and get a gold watch once retirement hit him in his wrinkled old face. So he did something about it. And I truly applaud his reckless, juvenile, yet brilliant decision to go against the current and join a band instead of doing "the normal" thing in Aston and waste your life away at a factory. ...more
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Jul 28, 2012

Wow, I am reading the most entertaining biography out there. This one I simply can't stop laughing - I am about half way through this book and can tell you that it is now my most favorite book. Since this is a library copy that I am reading I plan to still buy the book. I love Ozzy and his book so much. Even if you are not a Black Sabbath fan, I am sure you will enjoy this book. I recommend this book for reading to lighten their day and for a thoroughly relaxing little getaway from the stresses Wow, I am reading the most entertaining biography out there. This one I simply can't stop laughing - I am about half way through this book and can tell you that it is now my most favorite book. Since this is a library copy that I am reading I plan to still buy the book. I love Ozzy and his book so much. Even if you are not a Black Sabbath fan, I am sure you will enjoy this book. I recommend this book for reading to lighten their day and for a thoroughly relaxing little getaway from the stresses of the real world. I appreciate that Ozzy coming from a working class, poor background made something of himself and happen to like his music and voice. And the black knight just is a really good man with a good heart. He is one superstar/rock star that I will always support. Other men can learn by his example. ...more
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Jun 27, 2012

Every time I watched the cover of this book I couldnt get out of my head this song by Ozzy Osbourne "Over The Mountain". Just this part:

Dont need no astrology
Its inside of you and me
You dont need a ticket to fly with me
Im free yeah
Playing over and over again.

And you know what, it's true!

It's free! (Well... At least it was when I downloaded it.)

This probably is the funniest autobiography out there. I literally burst out laughing several times. Once I was at work, reading and couldnt stop Every time I watched the cover of this book I couldn’t get out of my head this song by Ozzy Osbourne "Over The Mountain". Just this part:

”Don’t need no astrology
It’s inside of you and me
You don’t need a ticket to fly with me
I’m free yeah”
Playing over and over again.

And you know what, it's true!

It's free! (Well... At least it was when I downloaded it.)

This probably is the funniest autobiography out there. I literally burst out laughing several times. Once I was at work, reading and couldn’t stop laughing, I even had tears in my eyes from so much laughter… Everyone was staring at me… but who cares, it was a hell of an experience!

I want to go get my albums of Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne, and give them a non-stop listening marathon.

It’s really interesting to get inside the world of a rock n roller, there are times when we’ve all fantasized about being one of them, and reading this kind of works give you a great insight of how not everything is glamour, money and awesomness in this world.

Ozzy Osbourne struggled a lot with lawyers, Music is like any other business and have to pay the millionaire taxes. Rumors from people saying he was a devil worshiper, an animal killer, among other things. And drugs.

I think this book would be of great help for people who might start doing drugs or going into alcoholism because it shows how bad things can get when you stop getting control and drugs do.

I totally recommend it for anyone looking for a good laugh even if you’re no fan of Ozzy’s, perhaps it’s not the best written book of literature but it will give you a great time and many things to think about.

And remember, he bit the head off a bat.
...more
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Mar 08, 2010

The writing is truly atrocious. It reads like Ozzy dictated his life story into a tape recorder, handed it to the ghost writer, and said "Transcribe this word for word." Since Ozzy left school at 15, you can probably guess how that went.

But you don't read this book for the prose; you read it for the stories. And oh, the stories. The famous dove, bat, and Alamo tales are there, as are more behind the scenes accounts of band in-fighting and tragedy. Ozzy doesn't hold back on any of his crazy The writing is truly atrocious. It reads like Ozzy dictated his life story into a tape recorder, handed it to the ghost writer, and said "Transcribe this word for word." Since Ozzy left school at 15, you can probably guess how that went.

But you don't read this book for the prose; you read it for the stories. And oh, the stories. The famous dove, bat, and Alamo tales are there, as are more behind the scenes accounts of band in-fighting and tragedy. Ozzy doesn't hold back on any of his crazy escapades and appears to take an honest look at his life. He cops to lots of bad choices and seems to be at peace with most of them. The excuses are rare, but the regrets are many. He doesn't try to hide anything, choosing to rather tell us what he did and let his audience judge him for themselves.

The odd thing is that, even though Ozzy is by no stretch of the imagination a good person (given the content of this book one could say he's a pretty despicable person), you still like the guy in the end. His love for his family comes through and he truly seems to appreciate everything life has given him. ...more
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Jul 25, 2010

So far Ozzy and his ghost writer are hilarious and keep me in stitches!
5

Oct 30, 2015

I read this book when it first came out in 2010. I believe the allure was more not KNOWING who the heck he was, than knowing and wanting to learn more about his life.

Im only writing this now, because I was annoyed at a few reviews of another author I like, David Sedaris. The only thing Ozzy has in common with Sedaris is his ability to shock AND make me LAUGH OUT LOUD. In some peoples view, its not truly literature nor worthy of their precious time. The comparison of the two ends there.

YES, I read this book when it first came out in 2010. I believe the allure was more not KNOWING who the heck he was, than knowing and wanting to learn more about his life.

I’m only writing this now, because I was annoyed at a few reviews of another author I like, David Sedaris. The only thing Ozzy has in common with Sedaris is his ability to shock AND make me LAUGH OUT LOUD. In some people’s view, it’s not truly literature nor worthy of their precious time. The comparison of the two ends there.

YES, Ozzy (w/assistance) had me hysterically laughing in bed at night to the point of tears & unfortunately, waking my other half in the process. His journey in life is both shocking and heartwarming. I too, don’t know how on earth he managed to stay alive through it all. I’m certainly happy that he did.

My love of both reading & music is quite varied from each end of the spectrum and pretty much everything in between! In my opinion, If an author or musician can make me feel any emotion enough to KEEP ME listening/READING, then they are a genius!
There is no NEED to be an award winning author. Save the literature and music snobs for others. Life is to be enjoyed no matter your personal beliefs or tastes. Life’s too short. (R.R.)
I liked Black Sabbath & Ozzy as a solo artist especially as a teenager. I believed all the stories of him biting the head off the bat & I actually thought he might even be a devil worshiper? I wasn’t cool with that thought, but what the heck did I know? I just liked his music and thought he was fairly nuts...was I wrong? I had to know now after all those years.

I’ve never been able to understand a word he says EVER! He just mumbles and I’m lucky if I can pick up a word here and there. Yet, I can understand the English (British) language when he SINGS! How is that possible and I needed to find out what made him tick.

I’m happy that, through this book, I had the pleasure of UNDERSTANDING the human, Ozzy Osbourne, who also happens to be immortal (just kidding sort of!) ; be a husband, father, friend, band-mate, businessman, addict, etc.

Yes, he’s had quite an interesting AND CRAZY life! Yes, perhaps he’s a bit nuts at times (being kind!), but he’s also a kind and gentle soul underneath it all. The book was well worth the read and I may just read it again!

As Dicken’s said: “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times”...which fits today’s “times” in my opinion. Therefore, I think we could all use a good laugh & perhaps shed a tear or two while doing so!
Read the book - and a give quick toast to Ozzy for making it this far! ...more
5

Jan 24, 2010

Having grown up in the 80's and being a HUGE fan of Duran Duran and the likes, I admit that Ozzy Osbourne scared the bejeezus out of me. His music scared me...his pictures scared me...don't even get me started on his videos!

It wasn't until MTV started with "The Osbournes" that I saw a completely different side of him...and I actually loved him (and his nutty family!). I was so excited to read that he had a book coming out that I snatched it up as soon as I found it...

I must say, it is written as Having grown up in the 80's and being a HUGE fan of Duran Duran and the likes, I admit that Ozzy Osbourne scared the bejeezus out of me. His music scared me...his pictures scared me...don't even get me started on his videos!

It wasn't until MTV started with "The Osbournes" that I saw a completely different side of him...and I actually loved him (and his nutty family!). I was so excited to read that he had a book coming out that I snatched it up as soon as I found it...

I must say, it is written as if Ozzy is sitting right next to you, only he doesn't mumble! I finished the book in two nights and have told all of my co-workers about it....funny....poignant...sad - you name it and the book will take you there.

I have never owned an Ozzy song/album/MP3/etc nor will I ever. I only know that I love this book and in some weird way its author. You really get to know a lot of background about the man himself, as well as his lovely wife, Sharon.

Not really knowing anything about the man, I truly can say I learned many interesting things that completely changed my view of Ozzy...all for the better. From bat-biting to the death of his guitarist in a horrible accident - every bit of his story was riveting.

I read many many books and this was just a fascinating read from cover to cover. Will it change your life? Probably not, but you'll really enjoy living in Ozzy's (long and crazy one) for awhile. ...more
5

Sep 09, 2010

Ozzy Osbourne is interesting for some reason.
His book was fascinating. The main think you think as you read it is, how did this man SURVIVE all of this?
He did just about every drug in existence, drank tons of alcohol and got into so many dangerous situations and here he is alive to tell about it.
I must say, I think I'd rather hang with the Osbournes than the Duggars for some reason. They seem like fun and they'd have raucous metal and as mild as I am, despite the fact that I seldom cuss in Ozzy Osbourne is interesting for some reason.
His book was fascinating. The main think you think as you read it is, how did this man SURVIVE all of this?
He did just about every drug in existence, drank tons of alcohol and got into so many dangerous situations and here he is alive to tell about it.
I must say, I think I'd rather hang with the Osbournes than the Duggars for some reason. They seem like fun and they'd have raucous metal and as mild as I am, despite the fact that I seldom cuss in public, I think we'd probably get along just fine. Plus I already read Sharon's book and it was very good too. I got introduced to them from their show, despite already being a bit of a fan of Black Sabbath and hard core heavy music in general.
Ozzy seems like a nice sort of guy despite the whole bat and dove incidents. (Who brings a BAT to a concert anyway?!) ...more
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Aug 24, 2016

A fun memoir, pretty much what you would expect from the prince of darkness. Many of his stories are laugh out loud funny and I loved seeing references to Fleetwood Mac! Who would have thought that Black Sabbaths original goal would be to mimick Fleetwood Mac. Granted it was the bluesie Peter Green Mac, not the Mac of today but the thought of Black Sabbath as a blues band also blew my mind. It's amazing the different directions that these bands have taken and what they are now famous for.

Maybe A fun memoir, pretty much what you would expect from the prince of darkness. Many of his stories are laugh out loud funny and I loved seeing references to Fleetwood Mac! Who would have thought that Black Sabbaths original goal would be to mimick Fleetwood Mac. Granted it was the bluesie Peter Green Mac, not the Mac of today but the thought of Black Sabbath as a blues band also blew my mind. It's amazing the different directions that these bands have taken and what they are now famous for.

Maybe I am naive but I was shocked at how often he cheated on Sharon and how she forgave him. It makes his recent infidelity and her reaction very interesting.

...more
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Jun 27, 2012

As a long time fan of Ozzy, I was excited to find he had written an autobiography. Even if I've stopped following his recent activity, his music has been a constant in my life for at least thirty years. So I decided to read this book. I'd already heard so many of the stories, and remembered a lot of them from the news. So I didn't expect too much.

I was wrong. This book is phenomenal. It is everything an autobiography should be. Ozzy starts from childhood and goes straight up to the writing of As a long time fan of Ozzy, I was excited to find he had written an autobiography. Even if I've stopped following his recent activity, his music has been a constant in my life for at least thirty years. So I decided to read this book. I'd already heard so many of the stories, and remembered a lot of them from the news. So I didn't expect too much.

I was wrong. This book is phenomenal. It is everything an autobiography should be. Ozzy starts from childhood and goes straight up to the writing of his memoirs. He leaves no detail out. It is one amazing ride. That Ozzy has lived to 64 years old is nothing short of miraculous, and he knows it. He's done just about everything possible to get himself killed.

The writing in this book is top notch. It's what you would expect if Ozzy came to your house, sat down, and started telling you about his life. His voice is captured so perfectly and vividly that I could hear him speaking in my head. Hat's off to Ozzy's ghost writer, Chris Ayres, for not only capturing the voice but also organizing the stories in logical yet dramatic order. I honestly couldn't put this book down once I had picked it up.

The book did have its downsides. It dragged a bit around the two-thirds mark. By that time the pattern of drug-fueled freakout followed by waking up confused gets old. But then things pick up and the book flies to the finish. It's a bluntly honest look at Ozzy's life. I have more respect for him now than I ever did before. He's still the Prince of Darkness, God of Metal. But he's also a regular man who's amazed at his luck... which he has in spades.

Go read this book, even if you don't know who Ozzy is. You will love it. ...more
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Jan 30, 2018

Ozzy should be, and is, a musical legend. He was part of a very influential music genre changing group (Black Sabbath) and was a huge part of the hair medal of the 80s yet this book focused very little on his music but most on his numerous addictions. It does seem unfair somehow that his health appears fine with all that hes done to himself. This book leads me to think the music wasnt as big a thing with Ozzy as much as the notoriety was.

Ozzy is a blessed individual. He surrounded himself with Ozzy should be, and is, a musical legend. He was part of a very influential music genre changing group (Black Sabbath) and was a huge part of the hair medal of the 80s yet this book focused very little on his music but most on his numerous addictions. It does seem unfair somehow that his health appears fine with all that he’s done to himself. This book leads me to think the music wasn’t as big a thing with Ozzy as much as the notoriety was.

Ozzy is a blessed individual. He surrounded himself with rock studs like Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, Randy Rhodes, Zakk Wilde, et al and smart, savvy business people like his wife Sharon. He seemingly came along for the ride.

The book was a satisfying read but I have to admit that it made me like Ozzy less. Having said that I always thought he was the weak link in the Sabbath quartet. This book didn’t change my opinion. ...more
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Jun 12, 2013

I am ozzy is a book about the life of the famous singer John Michael (Ozzy) Osbourne. Reading through his autobiography i began to understand the influence of his life on his music. his musical career from the beginning changed music forever. The band black sabbath wich consisted of Ozzy Osbourne, Toni Iomi, Geezer Butler, and Bill ward created some would say a whole new genre of music wich at the time was just called heavy metal. in this book the reader will learn about who Ozzy is, what he has I am ozzy is a book about the life of the famous singer John Michael (Ozzy) Osbourne. Reading through his autobiography i began to understand the influence of his life on his music. his musical career from the beginning changed music forever. The band black sabbath wich consisted of Ozzy Osbourne, Toni Iomi, Geezer Butler, and Bill ward created some would say a whole new genre of music wich at the time was just called heavy metal. in this book the reader will learn about who Ozzy is, what he has done in his life, both good and bad, and the story behind the scenes of black sabbath and Ozzy Ozbourne.

The beginning of the book talks about Osbourne's early life, and the formation of his musical career. He talks about where he was born and the life he had living in a poor english town. his parents were good to him but he was somewhat of a hooligan. he was arrested at the age of nineteen for theft. Ozzy also was beginning his musical career. in his early years he belonged to a band called earth wich contained all the members of black sabbath but played blues rather than introducing there own influence on the music. Ozzy Osbourne childhood was fairly decent, however he made many mistakes in his younger years.

In the next part of the book he discusses the later part of black sabbath and the breakup. Ozzy describes the process of all of the albums he wrote with black sabbath. he also discusses the drugs and drinking he was grossly associated with. the drugs in fact was what made the band fire Ozzy. He was doing so many dugs that he couldn't preform right and the band couldn't take it anymore. durring this period Ozzy was married, had two kids and quickly divorced.Ozzy was at the top of the world with black sabbath, but he let the drugs influence him in a negative way and ended up fired from his band.

the last part of the book describes his solo career, his wife, children, and drug use in his later years. after black sabbath he formed his own band and they became very popular. he was married to the daughter of his record producer; Sharon Osbourne. He had two children with her and she remains with him to this day.he describes the death of his guitar player, and finding a new man good enough for his band. he also discusse when he hit rock bottom with his drug usage and his rehabilitation.

overall this was a great book that i enjoyed reading. i would recommend it to anyone who is curious about the life or rock stars and the influence of heavy metal from a behind the scenes perspective. Ozzy Osbourne may have had a troubled life with drugs and alcohol destroying many part of it, but he has a lot of accomplishments to show for it. ...more
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Dec 23, 2014

I want to share one passage from this book:

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They just wouldn't fuck off, those Satanists. I'd walk out of my hotel in the morning, and they'd be right outside my door, sitting in a circle on the carpet, all dressed in black hooded capes, surrounded by candles. Eventually, I couldn't take it anymore. So, one morning, instead of brushing past them as I usually did, I went up to them, sat down, took a deep breath, blew out the candles and sang 'Happy Birthday'.

They weren't too fucking happy about I want to share one passage from this book:

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They just wouldn't fuck off, those Satanists. I'd walk out of my hotel in the morning, and they'd be right outside my door, sitting in a circle on the carpet, all dressed in black hooded capes, surrounded by candles. Eventually, I couldn't take it anymore. So, one morning, instead of brushing past them as I usually did, I went up to them, sat down, took a deep breath, blew out the candles and sang 'Happy Birthday'.

They weren't too fucking happy about that, believe me.
**

That sets the tone for this entire book. From beginning to end, it is a fucked up psychedelic romp filed with triumph, heartbreak, loss, commas, and comas. The rambling, conversational tone of the book is infectious, and very rarely does a thought begin and complete in sequence. Everything that comes into Ozzy's head as he narrates his life dovetails into some other thing, until you get amazing insight into how his mind works.

I dare you to read it and not hear his voice in your head. It's impossible.

The Prince of Fucking Darkness makes apologies, but gives no excuses for his behavior over the years, from the infamous bat incident to when he nearly strangles Sharon. It is not a book that bathes Ozzy in light, either. He is fully aware of how badly, and how often, he's fucked up and he takes it right on the chin, laying it out as best he remembers. That's important to note, also. As he warns you in the introduction, this may or may not be how it happened. But after time and drugs, this is how he remembers it happening.

I won't say this book is inspirational, but it is eye-opening and made me appreciate the Ozzman on entirely new levels. It definitely breaks the usual perception that many have of Ozzy, and lays bare for examination who and what he really is - an incredibly lucky man that used humor to keep himself safe, who has had an amazing life but has also made some shitty choices along the way. And the laughs are constant! Ozzy either completely misremembers the conversations in his life, or he lives among some of the wittiest motherfuckers ever, always ready with a snappy one-liner or clever remark to punctuate a situation. Either way, it doesn't matter. The intent (and the laughs) are delivered with amazing rapidity, and the book is never boring.

The only warning I can deliver about I Am Ozzy is to people that don't like reality shows. Stay away from this book, because the urge to watch The Osbournes after reading it is nearly overwhelming. ...more
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Oct 29, 2011

Where to begin.

Ozzy is the Alexander the Great of substance abuse, except that he didn't die in his early 30s despite every attempt to do so.

I believe that this book is proof that there is no underlying justice in the world. How can Dio be dead and this pickled human still live?

The inherent injustice aside, my wife said that she has never heard me laugh out loud so many times while reading a book. Laugh-horror is the only 'adjective' I can think of to describe my impression throughout the Where to begin.

Ozzy is the Alexander the Great of substance abuse, except that he didn't die in his early 30s despite every attempt to do so.

I believe that this book is proof that there is no underlying justice in the world. How can Dio be dead and this pickled human still live?

The inherent injustice aside, my wife said that she has never heard me laugh out loud so many times while reading a book. Laugh-horror is the only 'adjective' I can think of to describe my impression throughout the autobiography.

Ozzy moves from one spectacularly insane recollection to another with little commentary. The stories are simply unbelievable but, I think, completely true. For 'normal' people, drinking four bottles of Hennessey per day is impossible to comprehend, but, I suspect, Ozzy is underestimating his intake....certainly not including the coke and beer he ingested (he even says at one point "beer doesn't count.")

Initially, I was a bit disappointed with this book because I'd really hoped that it would spend time talking about the importance of heavy metal for Ozzy, how Black Sabbath came up with their sound in the late 60s and early 70s, their influences, what recording was like, etc. But, this book isn't really about that. It's a cathartic book for Ozzy, not a musical genre expose. That direction is either intentional or Ozzy simply can't remember anything before 1978. I think either possibility is believable but, the former is more likely since the underlying tone is "I am a freak. Don't do what I've done because even though I've lived, you will probably die."

This isn't to say that there isn't some musical analysis in the book, but, it's light. Music is a medium for substance abuse to Ozzy and that's what you will read in story after story of blackouts, familial neglect, life threatening accidents, public defecation, etc. It only slows down at one part when Ozzy talks about Randy Rhoads. Clearly Ozzy loved Randy Rhoads and the emotional impact of his senseless death seems to be one of the only things that penetrated Ozzy's substance abuse haze.

I tend to read a lot of books at once so, it can take me quite a while to get through one as I swap back in forth. Not in this case. I read it straight through. I don't really know why I liked this book so much. I'm not much of a rubber necker when it comes to human tragedy, but, this human train wreck is a story that shouldn't be missed, a highly recommended read. ...more
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Mar 29, 2010

Well... Wow, just wow. It must have been said so many times before, but just how can this man take so many drugs over the all decades of his life? Like most biographies, Ozzys covers his early childhood and some of his early work experiences. Unlike many biographies (although not that uncommon amongst musicians) after his initial success in Black Sabbath, Ozzys life drops into an endless rush of booze, illegal drugs, legal drugs and substances not supposed to be consumed by human mortals.


There Well... Wow, just wow. It must have been said so many times before, but just how can this man take so many drugs over the all decades of his life? Like most biographies, Ozzy’s covers his early childhood and some of his early ‘work’ experiences. Unlike many biographies (although not that uncommon amongst musicians’) after his initial success in Black Sabbath, Ozzy’s life drops into an endless rush of booze, illegal drugs, legal drugs and substances not supposed to be consumed by human mortals.


There is a strong humour component to Ozzy’s story, in particular I liked when he catapulted himself in the back of the head with raw meat, and his experiences at the presidential dinner in the early 2000’s. Don’t expect much of an attempt at epiphany as you might for other biographies; one thing that can be said of Ozzy is he is himself, a booze-addicted word-slurring dyslexic crazy fool who somehow managed to live long enough to produce a hilarious, kind-of heart warming story of his life so far.
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Nov 28, 2013

Surprisingly down-to-earth. Hilarious and yet oddly tender.

I know nothing about Black Sabbath and I never watched The Osbournes, except for the odd trailers that I would catch on tv.

I was fascinated by Ozzy's version of his life. There's a blunt honesty in this book and a kind of vulnerability that peeks through the words. It says a lot about the power of his story that I didn't hate him for the atrocious things that he's done.

Iconic moments of insanity had new amusing meaning. Some of the Surprisingly down-to-earth. Hilarious and yet oddly tender.

I know nothing about Black Sabbath and I never watched The Osbournes, except for the odd trailers that I would catch on tv.

I was fascinated by Ozzy's version of his life. There's a blunt honesty in this book and a kind of vulnerability that peeks through the words. It says a lot about the power of his story that I didn't hate him for the atrocious things that he's done.

Iconic moments of insanity had new amusing meaning. Some of the darkest moments in his life were shared and we could sense the pain and regret behind those words.

Events in his life were told with unflinching honesty, regardless of how it might have made him look. But perhaps the skillful way in which the story was written made him a more sympathetic character than it would in the hands of another.

Ozzy and Chris Ayres created a beautifully raw and compelling glimpse of a legend's life story.


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Mar 16, 2010

The reviews for this book were so great I just had to check it out. And besides, while I was never a serious head-banger I did have my Ozzy 8-track back in the day... and I was darn curious to see what he has to say now that he's old enough to be someone's grandpa.

First of all, if you are at all easily-shocked, don't read this. Second of all, if you can't hand the odd (as in mentioned every other sentence) four-letter word, don't read this.

But I did. And, honestly, I was completely engrossed all The reviews for this book were so great I just had to check it out. And besides, while I was never a serious head-banger I did have my Ozzy 8-track back in the day... and I was darn curious to see what he has to say now that he's old enough to be someone's grandpa.

First of all, if you are at all easily-shocked, don't read this. Second of all, if you can't hand the odd (as in mentioned every other sentence) four-letter word, don't read this.

But I did. And, honestly, I was completely engrossed all the way through for all sorts of reasons - for the story, for the back story, for the peek into a life so different from my own, for the insight you get when someone tells you their perspective - to remembering why he really bit the head off that bat. ;)

Truthfully, I loved this book. I got a lot out of it. And some of it was the more serious or tender emotions. A lot of it was shocking. But I also got the stuff Ozzy seems to like to share best: a lot of laughs.
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May 19, 2011

You can blame Keff Richards for the only three stars. Had I read Ozzy's book first, he would have received four and Keith only three. The story is the same, only the street names were changed to protect their innocence. Post-war England, described in most books as a shit-hole forever filmed in black and white. In the USA, we were trying to recover from the murder of our President, and the different reality of black and white. Music changed our lives. Some worked very hard and they escaped the You can blame Keff Richards for the only three stars. Had I read Ozzy's book first, he would have received four and Keith only three. The story is the same, only the street names were changed to protect their innocence. Post-war England, described in most books as a shit-hole forever filmed in black and white. In the USA, we were trying to recover from the murder of our President, and the different reality of black and white. Music changed our lives. Some worked very hard and they escaped the shit-hole forever shot in b&w.

There were some moments as I read, I laughed out loud. Thanks Ozzy.......mgc ...more
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Sep 03, 2015

Entertaining from front to back, a wild life of a wild man. I flew through this one. The substance abuse gets a little repetitive by the end, but hey, that's his reality. The guy should really have hit the slab a long time ago from all he's done to himself, it's a miracle he's still walking. Good romp through the world of a man who started with nothing, behaved badly most of his life, but stumbled his way to the top through force of will and the help of other talented and dedicated (and Entertaining from front to back, a wild life of a wild man. I flew through this one. The substance abuse gets a little repetitive by the end, but hey, that's his reality. The guy should really have hit the slab a long time ago from all he's done to himself, it's a miracle he's still walking. Good romp through the world of a man who started with nothing, behaved badly most of his life, but stumbled his way to the top through force of will and the help of other talented and dedicated (and sometimes ruthless) people. ...more
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Jan 08, 2015

I wish I could have a physical copy of this book because this is badass-ery at its finest level. Ozzy talks about his life with his trademark language full of curse words and funny observations.
5

Jan 28, 2010

It was a candid biography by Ozzy. I was not disappointed, and he told it like it was and his personality was woven throughout the book. I could hear his voice in my head as I was reading it, and he was not mumbling.
I highly recommend it to everyone and it is definitely one of the Top Ten Rock n Roll biographies/autobiographies I have read.
5

Feb 02, 2017

4.5 Stars
Okay, so it is not the best written book ever, but it is a really great read.
You may not like all of what Ozzy has done, but boy, what a roller coaster ride his life has been until now and what is more amazing, is that he is still around to tell the tale.
And there is far more to Ozzy than just bats!
All music lovers or fans of biographies should have this book in their collection

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